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Roman, 1st century AD or later
INTAGLIO WITH A BUST OF SILENUS
Nicolo stone, set in a gold ring
intaglio: 10mm. 2/5 in. 
ring size: H
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Catalogue Note

The present cameo is carved in the ancient style but probably dates to the 16th century. It finds comparisons in a plaster documented in Cades Impronte dell'Instituto, Libro 10, class II A, no. 303. Further comparison is found in a gem from Lippold, Table CXI, no. 5 and Cades Impronte dell'Instituto, Libro 10, class II A, nos. 304 and 306. The conception of Silenus compares with Hellenistic and Roman 2nd-century portrayals of the companion to Dionysus.

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